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CNN
Feb 12, 2012 12:00pm PST
one, who does not strive in some way to emulate whitney houston. her range, the soprano, the going into the alto, the emotion in her voice, the strength of her voice, the purity of her voice, just so much strength and so much ease at the same time. it's just magical. >> magical and she was very glamorous throughout. i mean perhaps her modeling career, you know, helped prepare her for, that perhaps because she came from the musical pedigree in which she did but she seemed to have a certain glamour about her that really did kind of strike you as kind of old hollywood. >> very old hollywood. the thing about whitney houston to me it was charisma, it was confidence, it was her just knowing that she was where she was supposed to be, doing what she was supposed to be doing, and doing it well and doing it better than anyone else. she walked that walk. she talked that talk. and she sang that song. >> danyell smith, editor of "billboard" magazine, thanks so much. >> thanks for having me. >> we're continuing to follow developments in the death of pop super star whitney houston. tonight an all
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 4:00am EST
your thoughts with us today and have fun out there tonight. everyone has whitney houston on their minds and they are hoping to hear her music in the clubs. a lot of people are still in shock. >> a lot of people are. most are still in shock. thank you very much. i appreciate that. we couldn't believe it. we have been hearing about it for a while that she died for a few minutes and we were waiting on confirmation from her people and even when the words came out of my mouth when i uttered them on the air here, i am having a hard time now. 48 years old. go ahead. are you there? >> i was thinking about listening to you guys talking about your favorite music, favorite songs and things that she had accomplished in her career. do you remember when she saying the national anthem at the super bowl. >> it was amazing. she made it a hit. it was on billboard. they played it on the radio. it's odd. things happen for a reason. the first "american idol." i forget her name right now. kelly clarkson. sorry, kelly. she saying the national anthem at the super bowl last weekend. weekend and i put it o
CNN
Feb 11, 2012 9:00pm PST
. that's when he put on the tape and it was whitney houston, and i said, why don't we do something like a martvin gaye, tammy terrell, and i would see her, and she would say, are you okay, jackson? i would say, i'm fine, are you okay? i wanted her to get back on the right track. i don't want to talk about the things that happened in her life on the downside of things because i think it's important. she had done so much good for the world with her music and her sales, and that's what the media tends to do, tend to look at the negative things, but there's a lot of good, a lot of good. she inspired a lot of young females and male singers. we loved her, my family loved her. >> jermaine, if i could jump in, i wanted to ask you, again about the parallels of your brother michael, because both of them were the hugely famous, iconic entertainers. they both died around the same age, and both of them were exposed to ferocious media scrutiny and pressure. not just from the media, but from the public as well, for many, many years. do you think it's become almost impossible to lead any kind of normal l
CNN
Feb 11, 2012 6:00pm PST
afternoon whitney houston was pronounced dead at the beverly hilton hotel. she has been positively identified by friends, family and co-workers that were with her at the hotel. and the next of kin have already been notified. there were no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time, and it's currently being investigated by the beverly hills police detectives. that's all i have right now for a prepared state. >> was she a guest here at the hotel or was she here for the party? >> she was a guest here at the hotel. >> was she alone? >> she had an entourage with her. >> was she in the room? >> yes. >> was there any signs of drug use or drug overdose? >> it's still under investigation. our detectives are upstairs right now. >> hotel security was trying to recess tate her? >> they did initially begin ree resuscitation efforts but they were not successful. >> who made the call? >> somebody in her entourage. >> was she staying with rayjay? >> i do not know that. >> what happens at this point? >> it is currently under investigation. our detectives are going to follow up. the first thi
CNN
Feb 18, 2012 10:00am EST
, everybody. right now whitney houston's family and friends are arriving at a newark, new jersey, church getting ready to remember the singing legend. we have just learned who will perform at the funeral. we'll share that with you in a moment. and we'll talk with chile from the group tlc. and also whitney houston's principal, we'll talk with him also. he'll talk about what the famous singer was really like. from the cnn center in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." i'm gary tuchman. well, aretha franklin, alicia keys, and stevie wonder, just a few of the people who will sing at whitney houston's funeral today. we're about two hours from the expected start. let's check in with jason carroll who's there in newark, new jersey, right now. what else can you tell us about the program that will be taking place today? >> reporter: a friend of the family gave me a rundown on what we can expect to see. the expected time, 12:00 noon. let's start off from the beginning so you know. first it will start off with the new hope mass choir and the new jersey mass choir. today they'll be singi
ABC
Feb 12, 2012 5:30pm PST
of whitney howes. houston. the latest on the investigation here. what was found in that hotel room. and late word today, houston's daughter was rushed to the hospital. we also remember that singular sound, that voice. ♪ and i >> and whitney houston in her own words tonight, that candid and revealing interview with diane sawyer. the singer so wanted to conquer her struggles. >>> also this sunday night, the bishops' backlash. the catholic church with a new message for the president. a brand-new turn in that birth control battle. >>> the new science tonight about how much we eat and how much we remember. the powerful new link between diet and memory loss. >>> and at the end of the broadcast here, the star-spangled superstar. that moment whitney houston roused the nation. ♪ and the home of the brave >>> and good evening on this sunday night. we begin here remembering that soaring, sensational voice after learning of the death of whitney houston. that giant voice first heard from houston as a young girl singing in her mother's church choir. a teenager on the verge of worldwide stard
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 2:00pm PST
discovering whitney houston and signing her to arista records when she was just a teenager. other breaking news, we continue to follow for you, a new and dangerous turn in an international crisis. tonight, black masked protesters in athens are setting fires and battling with police. historic cinemas, cafes and shops going up in flames as you see there. the protests come as the greek parliament prepares to vote on a new round of austerity measures, designed to prevent a government default that could affect worldwide markets. we'll have a live report from athens in 15 minutes from now. >>> now to the other big story we're following today, the death of singer whitney houston. we're learning more about the circumstances surrounding her death and we're getting reaction from her family as well. that in a moment. but first, to the investigation, cnn's casey wians is following all the developments, joining us now live from los angeles. what can you tell us? >> it looks like it may be quite a while before we actually get any results as to what actually killed whitney houston. according to producer
CNN
Feb 18, 2012 8:00am PST
watching cnn's special coverage of whitney houston, her life, her music and her coverage. we're reporting live. today is the day as the baptists like to say whitney houston will be sent home. it's a private funeral for her family members and her friends, invitation only. the streets around that church have been closed down, but today it will be filled with mourners who are here to pay their last respects for a woman who had an amazing voice and an amazing life, and died way too early at 48 years old. piers? >> it's a beautiful sunny day in new jersey on the streets where whitney houston first grew up. it's an extraordinary cast. the funeral will open up with the new hope mass choir, new jersey mass choir singing "the lord is my shepherd," then scripture read by pastor joe carter. a solo by donnie mcclurkin. and remarks from tyler perry. and a solo by bebe winans and a solo by come burrell. remarks from kevin costner. we haven't heard from him yet. it will be fascinating to hear what he said. a solo was planned by aretha franklin. we hear she may be sick, she may not be forming.
CNN
Feb 11, 2012 7:00pm PST
top, because any tv show across the world, you know, would drop anything to book whitney houston. she was the ultimate booking. you know, i'm watching the news now and i know there's a lot of speculation about what happened, why it happened, that it's important to note that. but importantly, i think that we must still remember her when she was at her very, very best. because that's what i want to remember and that's what i think she should be remembered for. she was a fantastic artist. an incredible singer. she fell into the wrong crowd, no question of that. and god, i wish that had never happened. but there's nothing we can do about that. but i want to remember her when she was at the very, very top, because we all love stars like this. >> simon, if you could hold on the line for one moment. we're going to go back to don lemon in atlanta. he's going to give a quick news update. >> piers and simon, thank you very much. stand by, everyone, who is watching around the world. i'm don lemon in atlanta. thank you for watching. breaking news tonight. one of the greatest voices of her generat
FOX News
Feb 11, 2012 10:00pm PST
. whitney houston 48 years old.so the beverly hilton hotel now ad crime scene. cause of death but you do have criminal investigators now with a search warrant as they try to determine the actual cause of death of whitney houston. and now that we are straight up midnight, on the east coast, 9:00 p.m. straight up on the west coast, that time has a americaning meaning. the great music be mow bull drive davis set to hold his annual pregram party at the same hotel where whitney houston pass the away a few hours ago. she was set to attend the party. now, celebrities showing up on the red carpet for that party. fox news correspondent casey stegall is live at the beverly hilton to catch us up. casey? >> reporter: the party is supposed to start right now as you just said and then a show is supposed to start in about 30 minutes time at 9:30 pacific which, of course, is 12:30 eastern. and we understand the party goes well into the night until about 2:00 a.m. local time and again we need to point out that we are using the term party loosely because that is what it is intended to be. that is what it
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 4:00pm EST
, kept performing, kept pushing on radio and became the whitney houston we all know. but she had to work at it, she had to show she had the stuff to be the icon she became. >> that's a beautiful lesson being underscored. thanks so much, christopher farley of "the wall street journal" now. appreciate it. >>> also breaking news, we continue to follow now this out of athens, greece. thousands of protesters are fighting riot police in the streets throwing rocks and setting buildings on fire while tear gas covers the city. at least 15 people are hurt, but police officers and protesters. it is happening outside the greek parliament where inside lawmakers are deciding how to further cut public wages and benefits in return for european bailout package. cnn's matthew chance is in athens and we'll go live to athens in a moment and check in with him. >>> now to the other top story we continue to follow. new information now about whitney houston's death. the los angeles coroner confirms to cnn that an autopsy could happen as early as this afternoon. police say there are no obvious signs of foul
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 7:00pm EST
type of toll does it take on a legend like you are, and like whitney houston was, not only the actual tour dates, but also having the paparazzi and people watching your every move? >> well, i think for the more experienced artist, one is pretty much used to that. but for a young artist, perhaps of whitney's age, it may have been very disconcerning to her. i don't don't know. >> you will be perform iing tomorrow night. will you be doing some sort of tribute to whitney? >> yes. there will be a moment of silence and tribute for whitney houston here in charlotte. there's one other thing i would like to say though before i hang up. and that is this. i would just like to caution younger artists, male and female, and particularly those who are in the very high level income, and that is that they should be prepared for what you're going to do when your success plays out. i would like to put it in the words my dad put it into me. he cautioned me early on. saying, no matter who you are and how good you are, one day the applause is going to stop. one day the hall lieu yas and the amens are not g
NBC
Feb 11, 2012 11:00pm EST
>>> we begin with breaking news circling the globe tonight. legendary singer whitney houston has died. the 48-year-old was found in her hotel room by a bodyguard on the fourth floor of the beverly hilton hotel just before 3:30 west coast time. police responded to a call for an unconscious person. paramedics arrived there, tried to revive her, but they were not able to do that. at this point, police have not determined the cause of death. they do not suspect foul play. we know that the man who introduced us to whitney houston, clive davis was to host a pregrammy party. she was there to perform apparently. a lot of unanswered question, but again, the shocking news tonight, 48-year-old musical icon, whitney houston is dead. giel good evening, everyone. i'm aaron gilcrest. whitney houston became a superstar. her music touched millions. we'll hear from tho ez who knew her personally. but first, darcy spencer has more on how whitney's fans are reacting tonight. >> reporter: here at radio one in downtown silver spring, the news of whitney houston's death is shocking the music world. >>
FOX News
Feb 12, 2012 4:00am EST
>> harris: fox news alert. young talented and taken from us, whitney houston 48 years old, the beverly hilton hotel now a crime scene as crime investigators do what is typical. it is not in any way indicative of anything that has happened in terms of a cause of death but you do have criminal investigators now with a search warrant as they try to determine the actual cause of death of whitney houston. and now that we are straight up midnight, on the east coast, 9:00 p.m. straight up on the west coast, that time has a americaning meaning. the great music be mow bull drive davis set to hold his annual pregram party at the same hotel where whitney houston pass the away a few hours ago. she was set to attend the party. now, celebrities showing up on the red carpet for that party. fox news correspondent casey stegall is live at the beverly hilton to catch us up. casey? >> reporter: the party is supposed to start right now as you just said and then a show is supposed to start in about 30 minutes time at 9:30 pacific which, of course, is 12:30 eastern. and we understand the party goes
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 7:00pm PST
whose soaring voice can still send chills up your spine. whitney houston dead at the age of 48. ♪ and i will always love you ♪ i will always love you ♪ i will always love you >> houston should be at the grammys with the rest of the superstars, but instead her life ended on saturday in a beverly hills hotel room. an autopsy has been performed on her body, but it could take as long as eight weeks to get the toxicology results back. investigators say a guard found her unconscious in a bathtub. they performed cpr, but she was pronounced dead at the hotel. tmz reports that pill bottles were found at the scene courtesy of tmz. a picture of the 18-year-old daughter of whitney houston and bobby brown being rushed to a los angeles hospital. seems she is okay. a source said she has since been released. tonight the music industry is honoring whitney houston at the grammiys. jennifer hudson is leading a musical tribute to a woman she considered a friend and an idol. i want to bring in case whoa is following the investigation closely into houston's death. it's good to talk to you and get the b
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 10:00pm EST
whitney houston and bobby brown being rushed to a los angeles hospital. seems she is okay. a source said she has since been released. tonight the music industry is honoring whitney houston at the grammiys. jennifer hudson is leading a musical tribute to a woman she considered a friend and an idol. i want to bring in case whoa is following the investigation closely into houston's death. it's good to talk to you and get the behind the scenes information. you mentioned we have heard from the coroner in the case. take us deeper inside of this investigation. >> that's right, don. you mentioned the coroner came out and revealed that the autopsy on whitney houston's body has been completed. he said there were no visible signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time. that is about all that he would say. that is because the beverly hills police department has requested that a security hold be placed on the results of this autopsy. that is to allow the investigation to proceed. there were many people at the beverly hilton hotel when whitney houston died. the coroner is saying th
FOX News
Feb 11, 2012 11:00pm EST
accomplishment that she brought to the world now of whitney houston. the greatest love of all. >> from the moment whitney houston broke in song, she was bound for greatness. she performed first at age five and solo at age 11 . young whitney was steeped in music and beauty and voice propelled her in the spotlight. she began modeling the same year and gracing 17 and glamour. >> her premier album spun three number one singles . how will i do, and greatest love of all. it spoke over 13 million and shattering deby. the next album was whitney. it was the first to enter number one but first artist to score seven number one hits and surpassing the milestones by the beatles and bee jays. she tock off time to get her personal life in order. she took up with bad boy rhythm and blues bobby brown and they married before 1800 well wishers . their marriage was far from fairy tale. whitney houston was an all night party girl. they raised their daughter bobby chris tin a. >> thank you so much. >> whitney decided to try her hand at acting. the bodyguard banked over 400 million world wide and boasted the bes
CNN
Feb 18, 2012 7:00pm EST
. mournful, joyous, moving. a celebration of the life of whitney houston. what god lives is never a coincidence ♪ ♪ and more than some happenstance ♪ >> it was a beautiful service. stevie wonder, just one of her friends saluting her during the funeral services at houston's hometown church in new jersey. alicia keys, art kelly, all honoring houston with their voices. stars like tyler perry and kevin costner told personal stories in memory of the superstar. aretha franklin was scheduled to be there but had to cancel because she wasn't feeling well. the service included a letter from her daughter, bobby christina. it read "god said it's time, your work is done. thanks for being a wonderful daughter." as for her ex-husband, bobby brown, he says in a written statement he wasn't happy about being asked to move three times and says security kept him from seeing his daughter. so he left because "i refused to create a scene." in all, it was roughly a four-hour homegoing tribute to whitney houston and punctuating the service today, a recording of louft's "i will always love you" as pall
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 1:00am EST
♪ >>> the breaking news that is that whitney houston, singer, entertainer extrordinaire, dead at the age of 48, found in a hotel room in beverly hills at 3:55 this afternoon pacific time at the beverly hilton hotel. when paramedics got there, they said she was unresponsive and never got her to come back. never revived her. she was supposed to be attending a grammy party for legendary producer clive davis. this is the beverly hilton hotel. piers morgan is helping us out as well. as well as our folks who were there at the beverly hilton tonight. before we go to piers, i want to go to drew pinsky helping us as well. dr. drew, we want to pay tribute to whitney and remember the good things about her and the extraordinary voice and talent that she did possess. we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the possibilities, just the possibilities of what might have happened and some of the issues that whitney dealt with in her life. doctor drew? we lost dr. drew. piers morgan is standing by. i thought it was interesting when you spoke with simon cowell and i got to jump in and he mentione
CNN
Feb 18, 2012 1:00pm PST
this is their day, it's also the world's day. people who are fans of whitney houston's, too, are grieving. >> i thought they got it absolutely right today. the family got the balance between giving the fans something and also between keeping it an intimate and family affair for family and friends. i thought they got it bang on. people who criticize it have to imagine what it was like. cissy houston all week trying to wrestle with the right thing to do. you could not argue that was an incredible service to pay tribute to her daughter in the most perfect way. also allowed the immediate why from a respectful distance, i think, and her fans around the world to share in it without being intrusive. i take my hat off to the whole family. they got it spot on today. >> we are look being at pictures of the hearse. this is the gold hearse that carries the body of whitney houston and the casket as they make their way ahead from the church and will head to the funeral home. the burial will be tomorrow. >> there had been the suggestion the service be held somewhere else, the prudential center
FOX News
Feb 18, 2012 8:30am PST
and beautiful voices i ever heard in my life. >> a final farewell to muc legend whitney houston. good morning, i am john scott. >>> and i am uma. this is special coverage of the funeral for whitney houston. >> a look at new hope baptist church. endless stream of friends and family to say goodbye. they were remembered she will celebrate her life. >> a near perfect voice brought tears and joy to people around the world. >> kelly wright is live at new hope baptist church. and for the membership of new hope baptist church who watched whitney houston grow up. it is a day of home going and celebrating their life and legacy and her gift to the world as being one of the greatest mucal talents ever among the tars . whitney will be remembered for her amazing voice. ♪ and i will always love you. ♪ i will always love you. >> that amazing voice, whitney will be remembered among hat amazing voice. and bobby humphrey told me, remembering the early ears when whitney was a teenager and performed with her mother in new york city where she was discovered. >> she had started modeling and which one of
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 12:00am PST
♪ >>> the breaking news that is that whitney houston, singer, entertainer extrordinaire, dead at the age of 48, found in a hotel room in beverly hills at 3:55 this afternoon pacific time at the beverly hilton hotel. when paramedics got there, they said she was unresponsive and never got her to come back. never revived her. she was supposed to be attending a grammy party for legendary producer clive davis. this is the beverly hilton hotel. piers morgan is helping us out as well. as well as our folks who were there at the beverly hilton tonight. before we go to piers, i want to go to drew pinsky helping us as well. dr. drew, we want to pay tribute to whitney and remember the good things about her and the extraordinary voice and talent that she did possess. we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the possibilities, just the possibilities of what might have happened and some of the issues that whitney dealt with in her life. doctor drew? we lost dr. drew. piers morgan is standing by. i thought it was interesting when you spoke with simon cowell and i got to jump in and he mentioned the same thing that we should be honoring whitney houston. go ahead. >> i think there is a fine line when these tragic events happen. when you have somebody who had such a well-documented history of problems and terrible issues to do with substance abuse and brutal marriage and so on, there is a temptation to dwello that. this is the night that a remarkable talent has been taken from us and it is important to focus on that talent and her as a human being and the impact she had on the world. we know what's going to happen in the next few days and weeks. every tiny part of her life will be raked over and cnn like everybody else will report on that as it's appropriate. when you hear whitney houston singing in these clips, it's hard for me to think of anyone in my lifetime, i'm 46 years old, who had a better voice than whitney houston and that voice is gone. she is fread years old and desperately young age to lose someone of this talent. >> when i finished doing the other show, as soon as i got down, i said go back up. you are getting tragic news that whitney houston may have died. we are the same age. i will be 46 in a month. this was the sound track to my youth, at least my college years. stand by. i want to go to the president of the grammies in los angeles. please feel free to jump in any time. you knew whitney 25 years you were friends and you were out there? are you at the party? mc light? we don't have her? when they get her -- >> i think it's fairly chaotic down there. i know we are trying to get ahold of clive davis. he is extremely distressed. this event will be a memorial to whitney. he was sitting in the studio talking about whitney as one of the greatest stars of them all without an indication of what was going to be happening today. lord only knows what that man is going through. he could never have contemplated. we have a tape of tony bennett who is at that event. this is what he had to say. >> to have this happen, this is so tragic. it's terrible. she had a god-given gift and a magnificent singer and great artist. >> they want to hear the impact on it. >> it's all personal, but i just to me was one of the greatest singers i ever heard. to have this happen was tragic. >> you had the best-kept vocalists. >> she was one of the greatest singers i ever heard. >> you feel like you had the opportunity to work with her in the past? >> one of the regrets i had. i wanted to sing with her. >> we won't be able to do that. >> i understand. >> can you give us a preview of your performance? >> i am nominated for three grammys. let's see what happens. >> thank you very much. >> it's tony bennett at the bfrl hills where whitney houston's body was found. she was there to attend that very event. sold humans of millions of records. tony bennett recently was interview and talked about amy winehouse who he saying with was another of the greatest singers he had ever seen. both have died within the last year. incredibly sachltd joined by a great record industry. a desperately sad evening for everyone in music. are you there? >> good evening, piers. >> obviously a desperately sad evening. you knew whitney well. what are your feelings? >> so heart breaking and we are filled with sadness. she was one of the greatest treasures to the world of not only music, but everyone around her and the family and it's just a tremendous tragedy for all of us. >> the young girl who had this extra special voice. she was what i considered the gold standard. really broke all barriers. set the goal for everyone to achieve. is it right to talk about this as a massive shock or were people in the industry fearing the worst after all the stories that we read about whitney over the last few years. what is the sense amongst people that it was a horrible inevitability to this? >> one can never say what happens behind closed doors and the pressures of this industry over the last couple of years with michael and amy winehouse and the great artists of our time. one never knows what happens to people's personal lives and the media and the pressures affect someone. i remember when whitney was a teenager and clive davis invited me to see her before he had made records with her and listening to that golden voice. one day in my office at sony when someone had brought me i will always love you before it was released. i nearly fell out of my chair. by far this could be one of the greatest records of all time. it's a sin and a tragedy such a beautiful treasure to be lost like that. >> tell me where you think she will rank as a pure talent as a singer. >> once again, i had an incredible opportunity to work with barbara streisand and celine deion and mariah. whitney broke all barriers more than any of the other singers and it did have an incredible style with the vocals unlike any other singer. we all lived up to whitney no matter who it was. >> you have been in the business a very, very long time and worked with some of the greatest stars of the decades. simon cowell touched on this and lionel richie. it got harder and harder to be a superstar in the music business because of the ferocious attention from the media and the internet and so on. do you feel that? do you sense it's becoming ever more pressurized with the environment to stay at the top? >> it's ever more pressurized, the thought of having a body of work that is compelling this somebody wants versus one song that somebody wants to download with the music competition and it's different than when whitney arrived on the scene. now with all of the media and the internet and twitter and all of the television exposure and the pressure is outrageously enormous. then be able to survive everything that will come at you. >> you knew whitney well. what kind of woman was she? most people earning you the caricature of the newspapers and the magazines and so on. what was she like. >> the whitney i remember was this absolutely stunningly beautiful young girl with this golden voice. smiling, laughing all the time. a church girl who came out of the choir singing with her mother, cissy, and emulating and looking up to the greats like aretha who was her godmother and her cousin, dionne warwick. she was a happy go lucky soul. that's the whitney that i knew. then of course there was a lot of personal tragedy that she was going through the last few years that i am sure created so much stress for her. how important is it when you are somebody of this stature and fame that can protect you from the problems and issues that arise and come with that status? >> it's critical. because there always tremendous amount of people who are quick to say yes in anybody's career. it's a critical thing for someone to look you in the eye and tell you what's right and wrong. don't forget she was not a child and she could make her own decisions. certainly she had clive as her guardian angel, her career and he looked over her and couldn't be with her 24 hours a day. going through everything that happens in the media and in her personal life i'm sure took its toll on her. it's so sad to actually be looking at this tonight and it's unbelievable for me. it's not real. >> the timing of the grammys tomorrow night is say huge clive davis event. what would you think the mood will be. shock and saddened, but what do you think? >> i'm sure she was there to be with clive and share the joy with clive, but hopefully tomorrow night there will be a big tribute for her. >> very, very sad night. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it on this desperately tragic night for the music business and the world. the death of whitney houston. don? >> it's unbelievable and you are going to speak to him as soon as clive davis calls in. >> it is chaotic and clive davis had to make decisions about whether to go ahead with the event. you may make a statement and i'm not sure clive doesn't know what to do. it would be appropriate. this was the greatest star he created. no doubt about that. on the day of his event. his heart goes out and if we can, he is immersed in i'm sure what will be an extremely sad and moving occasion. >> for anyone knows the man you are talking with, he knows how it is to find someone and know someone with that extraordinary talent and help shepherd them into the music business. you are right. it's chaotic and they are trying to speak to him and had trouble getting them. piers is going to stand by. i want to update you because i know the viewers are watching. i'm don lemon and you are looking at piers morgan and i am in atlanta. one of the greatest voices of our generation, dead at the age of 48. a legendary singer and legendary talent. ♪ ♪ >> gives you chills, doesn't it? her talent, amazing talent. she had turmoil in her personal life. more than 170 million albums and singles sold. seven straight billboard number one hits in the 1980s. i almost hate coming in and interrupting that beautiful sound. saving all my love for you. the greatest love of all. where do broken hearts go. on and on and on. whitney houston was pronounced dead at the beverly hilton hotel. that party going on now. you are looking at live pictures of the beverly hilton hotel where the party is being held. that's at the beverly hilton where the party is being held on the fourth floor. at the time police do not know the cause of death. houston's career soared in the 1980s and 90s and a marriage to bobby brown. much publicized struggle with drugs and alcohol made her image suffer. so many people rooted for her and we loved whitney and wanted her to come back and be the legend. she died as a legend. we hoped she would pull her life together. let's go back to the point where she was. one of the world's greatest singers, no doubt. that's what's going on now in california. that's not the beverly hilton. that's the nokia theater. piers morgan, jump in. i know you want to talk to him. smokey robinson joining us. smokey, i read your reaction and your statement. the world has lost a treasure here. >> absolutely. no question about it. i am shocked. i had so many of these shocks lately, it's been incredible. we lost don cornelius and now this is happening. i can't tell you how shocked i am about this. it's the last thing i expected to hear today. >> the last time i talked to you it was michael jackson. i asked you what would you sing, you said never can say goodbye. one of his hits. whitney houston, i will always love you. that's what we all would sing to her. she is an amazing talent. >> absolutely. whitney was like family to me. i have known her family and her forever. people are just -- it's rough. i know she is going to be remembered well. i hope that people think of the positive things about her and not too much is played upon about her problems. everybody has problems. she seemed that she was coming out of them and it was a tragic thing to lose her this way. i know she was looking so forward to being at clive's party this evening. that was why she was at the beverly hilton hotel in the first place. >> have you speaked to her mother, cissy? >> i reached out to her, but of course getting to her is practically impossible today. everybody is trying to get to her. i haven't been able to speak to her as yet. in the next day or so, i'm sure i will speak with her. and get a chance to give her my love and give her my hugs. that's what she needs. >> it's piers morgan in los angeles. we are getting extraordinary tribts being paid to whitney. what do you think she would wish her leagacy to be? >> knowing whit, she would wish it to be -- whit was one of the greatest singers to open her mouth to sing. i know whit would want the world to remember her that way. i know she would want people to remember her profound talent. to think of her in a positive light. she was a sweetie pie. she was a nice person. i know that she would want to be remembered that way. like i said, rather than being remembered for her problems, which -- i have to say through media coverage when it was going on, people may keep that in mind about her. i hope that they remember her talent and the positiveness before they think of that part of her life. >> smokey, you touched on earlier the fact that whitney had this amazing talent and she had all the problems and she was actually beginning to come through them and recover for want of a better phrase. that makes this particularly sad. did you feel she was on the verge of a proper come back? >> piers, the last time i saw her, i did. we were both at a rehearsal studio in los angeles. i saw her and we laugh and talked and she was in a great place. she was on the road to recovery and to coming back and enjoying her life again. i'm so saddened by this. we had a great conversation. i felt so good about seeing her that way. >> smokey, what did you think it was the biggest misconception about whitney houston. what did you think was the thing people didn't get about her? >> i don't know what the biggest misconception was. we live in a world where the negative is always portrayed. we live in a world where the negative gets the attention. the negative is the squeak in the wheel that gets oiled all the time. i think that we hear so much negativity all the time about everything and everybody until we are geared up to hear the negative. when that happens like that, i wish there were spaces in every city and every town in the world that could give nothing but good news, but i think that that happens to a person in the public eye, a person in the entertainment world, you live under a microscope anyway, the average person who is not an entertainer who has an average job who is a person who goes about life and the jobs that are not in the public eye. you can do the same thing as the person in the entertainment world does. the person in the entertainment world is blown way out of proportion. it's an unnatural thing that nobody in life has done and nobody does except for people in the entertainment world. it's hard. especially when you go through a period of your life where as there is negativity involved. it's talked about and put out there so much on a constant basis. people forget that you are a human being. that you are going to have your ups and downs and ins and outs. it's just publicized so much. it's magnified. i think this would happen with whit. when she was going through here problems in her life, they were magnified so much. i was listening and lionel was talking about the same thing. it's hard to grow up on stage and pretend it never happened and nobody knows. it's hard to do that. it's hard to be in the position where as you are out front and every day all day long people are seeing and hearing about you. something negative goes on and it's magnify and you have to go back and face the public. >> smokey? i think you hit the nail on the head there. they are the same issues like amy winehouse and michael jackson are not as famous. they are not speculated. thank you so much for taking the time to call in. >> piers, before we let smokey go, can i ask you something? >> for being positive, you want to focus on the positive and you are exactly right with that. what will you always love about whitney houston? >> whitney was family and i will always love whitney about whitney. whitney was family to me and i will always love her. she is one of the greatest voices in the history of music. that's what i say. >> thank you, smokey. >> thank you for letting me jump in. we will go to break with a scene from the preacher's wife. ♪ ♪ on december 21st, polar shifts will reverse the earth's gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space, which would render retirement planning unnecessary. but say the sun rises on december 22nd and you still need to retire, td ameritrade's investment consultants can help you build a plan that fits your life. we'll even throw in up to $600 when you open a new account or roll over an old 401(k). so who's in control now, mayans? >>> whitney houston dead at 48. found in a hotel room at 3:55 p.m. pacific time. they were not able to revive her. in los angeles, california, the reaction is coming in as well. live from the staples center with reaction. what are you hearing, paul? >> i'm right here at staples and los angeles shuts down the area when it comes to the grammys. these people work in the area and can characterize for us what it was like when they heard the news. what did you hear? >> we heard a message that came to us have a text. did you hear whitney houston died. we heard a gasp throughout the hotel and everybody stopped to look at the television shows that said whitney houston had it actually passed. >> you work here and you are a huge whitney houston fan. what did she mean to you? >> the 80s. if anyone knows anything about her gospel music, the preacher's wife, she is inspirational. i got through a lot of nights behind her gospel music. >> i appreciate you taking time out. we are going to talk to the producer. we will come back and talk to ken. >> and down in los angeles on the streets at staples center getting reaction now. as we look at the live pictures of piers, there they are from the streets at the beverly hilton hotel where whitney houston was found earlier today. it's still almost four hours now and i'm in shock that this happened. we lost this woman. these festivities still going on. you spoke with clive davis yesterday. >> it's hard to imagine what will be going through his mind. he is one of the greatest industries. he created some of the biggest stars we have ever heard. whitney was the biggest. with jennifer hudson and he compared and he was touched by the comparison. when she was young she used to mimic doing duets at 7 or 8. whitney was her heroin. it was the pregrammy party and i can imagine the party being sad and shocked. the l.a. chapter president of the grammys, thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you. >> obviously a desperately sad evening. i can only imagine how everyone is feeling. the grammys tomorrow, this is a horrible coincidence of one of the great grammy winners. it would have been at the party with a mental clive davis. how is everyone reacting to the horrible news? >> it is not good. it's not good. it's shocking at this point. i talked with several people at this point. kelly price as well as missy elliott who both worked with whitney and were very good friends and we just all are going to miss her so much and my heart goes out to her daughter and her family and her mom. countless people whose lives are deeply affected by this. i hope that we are able to recover. i'm speechless. >> obviously
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Feb 12, 2012 6:00am EST
>>> good morning. in of you are just waking up to the news that celebrated singer whitney houston is dead. she was just 48 years old. here's what we know right now. houston's body was found in her room at the beverly hilton hotel. police say there were no signs of obvious criminal intent. the body was moved from the hotel to the morgue just a couple of hours ago. that's where they will try to determine the cause of death. a music industry executive stayed in the room just above houston's and says she heard two loud booms and a man's voice around 20 minutes before houston was pronounced dead. ♪ ♪ i get so emotional, baby every time i think of you ♪ >> it is hard to know where to begin or how to describe the life of whitney houston, as both an entertainer and person. she's being described as larger than life. born in 1963 to gospel singer cici houston. her debut album entitled, of course, "whitney houston" sold 12 million copies in the u.s. alone. she recorded a string of billboard flb one hits in the 1908s and 1990s, including "saving all my love for you" and "how will i know."
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 3:00am EST
♪ >>> the breaking news that is that whitney houston, singer, entertainer extrordinaire, dead at the age of 48, found in a hotel room in beverly hills at 3:55 this afternoon pacific time at the beverly hilton hotel. when paramedics got there, they said she was unresponsive and never got her to come back. never revived her. she was supposed to be attending a grammy party for legendary producer clive davis. this is the beverly hilton hotel. piers morgan is helping us out as well. as well as our folks who were there at the beverly hilton tonight. before we go to piers, i want to go to drew pinsky helping us as well. dr. drew, we want to pay tribute to whitney and remember the good things about her and the extraordinary voice and talent that she did possess. we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the possibilities, just the possibilities of what might have happened and some of the issues that whitney dealt with in her life. doctor drew? we lost dr. drew. piers morgan is standing by. i thought it was interesting when you spoke with simon cowell and i got to jump in and he mentione
NBC
Feb 12, 2012 8:00am EST
yourself it is the greatest love of all >> whitney houston. born with a talent that could only come from god. a voice that could soar to the highest notes. ♪ and i will always love you >> but a life that descended into a poub lick battle with addiction. this morning at 48, that voice is silenced, and fans and the entertainment world are remembering whitney "today," entertainment world are remembering whitney "today," sunday, february 12th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and it's safe to say the music industry lost a titanic voice last night. >> i was just hit with an overwhelming sense of sadness when i heard the news. i loved her music and i think we all felt the horrible struggle she went through in the last few years of her life. >> it was hard for us as fans to watch her go through it. she called herself her own worst enemy. we sort of felt her pain, as well. >> we've been reminded just how many hits she produced over her career. she dominated
ABC
Feb 12, 2012 8:00am EST
world's greatest singers has died. whitney houston, found dead in a beverly hills hotel room at the age of 48. on this morning before the music world's biggest celebration, shock and sadness as the world reacts to this sudden loss. >>> so many questions today about what caused her death. we have the latest on the investigation and her constant battles with her addictions. ♪ how will i know if he really loves me ♪ >>> and we honor her amazing talent. her incomparable voice. called a natural treasure. every song, unforgettable. that made her one of the best-selling artists, ever. this morning, we celebrate the life and the legacy of whitney houston. ♪ i will always love you >>> the unmistakable voice of whitney houston. still so hard to believe. good morning, everyone, george and i are here with dan and bianna. they have been working throughout the night covering this story, the death of a music legend. >> that's right, whitney houston only 48 years old. we don't have a lot of details on what happened yet. no official cause of death. but we do know that she was found in her bath
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Feb 18, 2012 11:30am PST
mark. it didn't take me long to realize that i loved whitney houst houston. the not because she's pretty. i mean, she's pretty, 5-10, cocoa brown skin. (laughter) >> that face, that smile, those eyes, but that's not why i loved whitney houston. i mean, not because she can sing. i mean, the girl sang, all right? i mean, what a voice, not a voi voice. the voice, here me now. i loved whitney houston. could it be the the dancing? maybe not. maybe not that, but i loved whitney houston. i'm saying i love whitney houston. the hair styles? i mean, come on. dance with somebody, the hair, what about the bow in how will i know? the bow in the hair? you know what i mean. i love whitney houston. could it be for the outfits? nobody can wear a gown like whitney houston. can i get an amen? sure. nobody can wear a gown like whitney houston, that style, that grace. that smiling face. i loved whitney for all of those things, but so much more. whitney houston changed my life forever. by entrusting me, ricky, monroe, louisiana with her career, with her music career. why? i believe that god sent her to
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